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Dedicated Leaders

In Chicago, the success of Genesys Works is driven by a dedicated board and committed staff.
Genesys Works - Chicago's Team: 

Board of Directors

Paul Maranville - Partner, Lantern Partners (Chairman)

Paul Maranville is a Partner at Lantern Partners, a retained executive search firm that recruits outstanding talent for professional services firms and PE/VC portfolio companies, as well as technology and technology-enabled services businesses.  Paul is responsible for client development, client management and search execution in the firm's Professional Services, Technology, and Sustainability practices.  His search work focuses on senior-level searches for executives and functional heads within Strategy, Operations, Sales, Marketing, and Human Resources, in addition to numerous executive-level consulting roles.           

Prior to executive search, Paul served as the Americas Director of Technology Recruiting for Deloitte Consulting, and held a lead recruiting role for MCI/Systemhouse.    

Paul has an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign.  He is an avid archer and sporting clays enthusiast.  Paul lives with his wife and three boys on a farm west of Chicago, and he is always looking for a good excuse to be in the wilderness.

Carter Emerson - Of Counsel, Kirkland & Ellis (Secretary)

Mr. Emerson has practiced corporate law since 1974 with the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.  He has been identified in professional directories as a top practitioner in mergers, securities and corporate governance law.  During his long career with Kirkland, he served as the chairman of its administrative committee and as a management committee member for 16 years.

Mr. Emerson received his law degree from Northwestern University, with honors, and a finance degree from Miami University.  Prior to beginning his practice, he was a clerk for a federal judge.

Mr. Emerson and his wife Susan live in Chicago.  He is also a director of Partners in Sustainable Development, a charity which provides help for the very poor in Bangladesh.

Tom Meyers - Head of Distribution and Product Specialist, Legal and General Investment Management America (Treasurer)

Tom is the Head of Distribution and a Product Specialist for Legal & General Investment Management America. Tom's focus is LGIMA's sales, marketing, consulting relations and client service efforts.

Tom has 26 years of experience in the asset management industry. Tom spent his first 10 years in research, trading and portfolio management and then led various distribution functions at Seix Advisors, Phoenix Investment Partners and Conseco Capital Management. Tom began his career at Capital Guardian Trust. Tom has a BA from Brown University

Tom is married to Suzanne Lynch. They have 4 children and live in the Ravenswood neighborhood.

In addition to Genesys, Tom is actively involved as an Area Chair for the Brown Alumni and has previously served the Boards of Easter Seals/Crossroads, Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Orchard School, and Joy's House.

Rafael Alvarez -  Founder and CEO, Genesys Works

Rafael Alvarez, Founder and CEO, started Genesys Works in 2002. Rafael is now overseeing the national organization and is personally involved in replicating the model throughout the country. For his work as a leading social entrepreneur, Rafael was inducted into the prestigious Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.

Prior to starting Genesys Works, Rafael worked 11 years for Compaq Computer Corporation (now HP) in diverse management roles including engineering program management, corporate strategy and market intelligence. 

Rafael is an engaging public speaker who has motivated audiences around the country in diverse topics such as social entrepreneurship, nonprofit earned income models, effect of minority spending programs, changing organizational behaviors and others. Rafael obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the University of Houston.

Jonathan Caforio - National Leader, Consulting Strategic Enablement, McGladrey LLP

Jonathan is the National Leader for Consulting Strategic Enablement for McGladrey LLP., one of the country’s leading providers of assurance, tax and consulting services. He also led the Technology Consulting practice in 2011 and 2012. Prior to joining McGladrey, Jonathan was a Partner with Accenture in the Systems Integration and Technology Consulting practice, aligned to the Financial Services industry. He began his career with AEC, Inc. in Wood Dale, IL, as a Marketing Analyst and International Sales Coordinator. In May 2012, Consulting magazine named Jonathan as one of the Top 25 Consultants in 2012 for Excellence in Technology.

A 1993 graduate of Elmhurst College, Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

Jonathan lives in Elmhurst, IL along with his wife (Kara) and three children (Kate, Jillian and Calvin).

Gloria Cox - Executive Vice President, Professional Services, Nielsen

Gloria Cox is an Executive Vice President at Nielsen. Gloria joined Nielsen in 2009 through the acquisition of The Cambridge Group, where she was the Managing Director. During her 20 years at Cambridge she specialized in consumer products and services clients, working with them to develop market driven growth strategies through consumer targeting, brand strategy and positioning, and new product development. She has extensive experience in working with clients such as Kraft, Quaker, General Mills, Sara Lee, Gillette and Hershey to identify current, latent and emerging profitable demand.

Gloria graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University with a dual degree in telecommunications and business.  She received her Masters of Management from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary.

Gloria resides in Chicago and works out of the Nielsen office in Schaumburg, IL.


Aarti Dhupelia - Chief Officer, College and Career Success at Chicago Public Schools

Aarti Dhupelia currently serves as the Chief Officer of College and Career Success at Chicago Public Schools (CPS), where she works to enhance the college and career preparation of 20,000 students across all CPS high schools. Prior to joining CPS, she served as a Manager at strategy consultancy Marakon Associates, where her projects focused on identifying revenue growth and cost management opportunities for clients in a variety of industries, including aerospace, industrials and healthcare.  Dhupelia has also dedicated time to working with Citizen Schools, an after-school program in Boston, and has served on the Associate Boards of the Indo-American Center of Chicago and Chicago International Charter Schools.  She holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.  Dhupelia is also a graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, a management development program that trains emerging leaders for senior management positions in public education. 


Adam Hecktman – Director, Microsoft Technology Center - Chicago

Adam serves as the Director of the Microsoft Technology Center - Chicago,  assisting customers in envisioning, designing, and deploying innovative solutions aligned to their exact needs. 

As a graduate of the University of Illinois, Adam has dedicated himself to improving the lives of others in Chicago by serving on the boards of several local non-profit organizations and being involved, in an advisory capacity, in a number of Chicago-area community organizations over much of the last decade. 


Mohit Kapoor- Chief Information and Technology Officer, TransUnion

Mohit is the Chief Information and Technology Officer for TransUnion, a global leader in credit information and information management services. Mohit has over 25 years of IT experience in a variety of leadership roles in consulting and the banking industry.  Prior to his role at TransUnion, Mohit graduated from Arizona State University and served as Managing Director at HSBC Holdings plc.

Through Mohit’s leadership, TransUnion has become a major supporter of Genesys Works - Chicago, currently standing as the largest employer of Genesys Works – Chicago interns.  

Tom Nolan - Partner, Accenture

Tom is a Senior Executive with Accenture, focusing on consulting and outsourcing services for clients within the Energy/Utilities industries.  Tom is a graduate of the University of Illinois - Urbana/Champaign.  Besides Genesys Works, Tom is active on boards and in other roles for the following organizations:  Chicago Children's Theater, Ball State University - Center for Information & Communication Sciences, Kappa Sigma Alumni Club, and St. Michael School.  Tom resides in Orland Park, IL along with his wife (Patty) and three children (Josh, Maggie, and Kate).


Eric Patton - Executive Director, Genesys Works Chicago

Eric Patton is the Executive Director of Genesys Works - Chicago. At Genesys Works, Eric has been responsible for the startup and operation of the Chicago office. Prior to joining Genesys Works, Eric was a partner at Accenture, a global management consulting firm, where he spent over 20 years specializing in the financial services practice and was one of the lead partners in the Chicago office. At Accenture, Eric led dozens of technology and strategy projects, and was responsible for account development for numerous financial services clients.

Eric received a BA in Economics and an MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the former president of the board for DuPage Habitat for Humanity. He also serves on the boards of the New 200 Foundation (a local education foundation) and the Wheaton Park District Baseball/Softball program.

Eric lives with his wife Karen and their two children in Wheaton, Illinois

Dan Steinman - Partner, Accenture (Retired)

Dan Steinman is an independent advisor with extensive experience in the technology services and outsourcing business in the banking industry. He was with Accenture from 1979 until 2005 and was the Global Managing Partner of their Banking Solutions Group. His professional experience focused on the leveraging of technology solutions to assist in the transformation of technology and operational capabilities. Since 2005, Dan has provided advisory assistance to charitable organizations focused on the development of programs for inner city youth and programs in health care.

Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois. He is an active sportsman who enjoys golf, skiing, fly fishing, and fitness activities. Dan has lived in Chicago for over 30 years.


Jeff Warren - CIO, Equity Office Properties

Jeff Warren is the Chief Information Officer for Equity Office Properties where he oversees all data, technology, and telephony operations.  Equity Office is one of the nation's largest owners of commercial office buildings owning nearly 60 million square feet of office space.  Prior to this, he was a Senior Executive at Accenture, a global management consulting firm, where he spent nearly 14 years working in the Insurance and Financial Services industries.  At Accenture, he was responsible for the design and implementation of large-scale systems development and process re-engineering.

Mr. Warren earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University.

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